Category: Environment

Storygram: Joshua Sokol’s “Something in the water: life after mercury poisoning”

Joshua Sokol • December 4, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: Mosaic ON September 25, 2017
CASW ClarkPayne

Walking by the side of her house, Rimiko Yoshinaga points at the broad, vine-encrusted tree her grandfather used to climb. During one of the most famous environmental disasters in history, this tree stood over the calm, clear waters of the Shiranui Sea. He would perch up there and call down to say whether the fish were coming, Rimiko says. …

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Inside the Firestorm

Douglas Fox
PUBLISHED BY: High Country News ON April 3, 2017
AAAS Kavli Award

Douglas Fox’s story, which shows how CRISPR—a powerful new gene editing technique—could help prevent the decay of store-bought mushrooms, won the AAAS Kavli award in 2016. Fox is a TK. Aircraft N2UW has flown through all kinds of weather. The […]

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Lowcountry on the Edge

Tony Bartelme
PUBLISHED BY: The Post and Courier ON December 19, 2016
American Geophysical Union

Living on the edge has always been risky. Now our blurry edges are beginning to vanish.

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Storygram: Jane Qiu’s “Trouble in Tibet”

Jane Qiu • November 7, 2017
PUBLISHED BY: Nature ON January 13, 2016
AAAS Kavli Award

In the northern reaches of the Tibetan Plateau, dozens of yaks graze on grasslands that look like a threadbare carpet. The pasture has been munched down to bare soil in places, and deep cracks run across the snow-dusted landscape. The animals’ owner, a herder named Dodra, emerges from his home wearing a black robe, a cowboy hat and a gentle smile tinged with worry. …

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Attack of the Mutant Pupfish

Hillary Rosner
PUBLISHED BY: WIRED ON November 19, 2012
AAAS Kavli Award

WEST OF PAHRUMP, Nevada, in a corner of the Mojave Desert a couple thousand feet above Death Valley, a warm aquifer provides a home for one of the world’s rarest animals. …

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Leaving the Sea: Staten Islanders Experiment with Managed Retreat

Elizabeth Rush
PUBLISHED BY: Urban Omnibus ON February 11, 2015
NASW Science in Society Award

In Oakwood Beach, Staten Island, an often-overlooked cranny of the city’s “forgotten borough,” the unthinkable is happening — seaside homes of longtime New Yorkers, sold to the State, are being razed to return the neighborhood to wetlands. …

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Uprising: The Environmental Scandal That’s Happening Right Beneath Your Feet

Phil McKenna
PUBLISHED BY: Matter ON November 6, 2013
NASW Science in Society Award AAAS Kavli Award

By the time Bob Ackley crossed the Harlem River into Manhattan he’d been up for nearly four hours. It was still dark, not yet seven on a Sunday morning: the best time of the week to go sniffing for gas. …

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End of the Miracle Machines

Abrahm Lustgarten
PUBLISHED BY: ProPublica ON June 16, 2015
National Academies Keck Award

A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. …

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Battle of the Ash Borer

Matthew Miller
PUBLISHED BY: Lansing State Journal ON July 27, 2014
AAAS Kavli Award

Tom Yack steered his black SUV past the blue-and-electric-purple walls of the Skatin’ Station II and swung south toward the industrial buildings that line Ronda Drive. To the east, the 1.1 million-square-foot W. F. Whelan Co. warehouse that used to be a Kmart distribution center. Along the road, companies that make up much of Canton Township’s small manufacturing base: Champagne Grinding & Manufacturing Co. and Directional Regulated Systems, Inc. and a dozen others. …

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Storygram: Cally Carswell’s “The Tree Coroners”

Cally Carswell • June 30, 2016
PUBLISHED BY: High Country News ON December 16, 2013
NASW Science in Society Award

There are few better places than Frijoles Mesa to study the mortality of trees. This tongue of land lies partly within the grounds of Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains. To the west rises Cerro Grande, a mountain riddled with the charred skeletons of fir and pine trees. …

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